Supervised by Carma Walker MEd, LPC-S
Getting to know Katy
Katy grew up in a small town in Northern California but as the saying goes, she got to Texas as soon as she could! At a young age, you could often find her at recess approaching and comforting kids who appeared to be upset or left out by their friend group. By the time her teen years rolled around, Katy began working as an advocate intern for the Victim/Witness office at the local county courthouse. Her time spent there led to a deep desire to contribute more than representation and resources and ultimately led her to graduate with honors with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology and later, her Master of Science degree in Counseling both at the University of North Texas.
Promoting Empowerment and Valuing Rapport
Some difficult life events led Katy to make changes in her life and reinvigorated her decision to become a counselor. Wrestling through these experiences helped her to better understand, empathize, and admire the courage and vulnerability needed to ask for help and make changes in one’s life. She emphasizes the value in empowering others by assisting them in cultivating their own voice, living more authentically, and promoting positive self-worth.
Katy possesses a special interest working with couples and individuals navigating life transitions and for family and personal relationships, grief and loss, fertility and pregnancy, anxiety, depression, stress management, and a general sense of feeling “stuck.” She values each client’s unique experiences and concerns while placing a high value on the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the client and counselor. She believes that it is through developing rapport and trust with one another that creates an environment where healing and growth can begin.
Katy has been a volunteer at Journey of Hope in Plano where she facilitated an adult grief support group and has co-led a social skills group for kids with intellectual difficulties/disabilities at United Through H.O.P.E in Denton. She is also a current member of the American Counseling Association. When she isn’t counseling, she takes every opportunity to spend time with her family whom she is very close to. Katy also enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, going to the lake, attending entertainment and sporting events, and cuddling with her two cats.